I gave up that big brush and went back to my favorite filbert. I also tried to suggest rather than be so literal.. Some of the artists whose work I really admire paint in that style.
Kathryn Townsend paints beautiful paintings that I just love. See an example of her lovely flowers on her blog here. I would love to be able to produce those gorgeous subtle colors.
Sally Rosenbaum is another artist whose work I can look at forever. She paints the most gorgeous scenes of women reading or drinking wine usually in a garden scene. She has published a small book of some of her works, which I bought and have just about worn the covers off. See her beautiful work here.
8 inch X 8 inch oil on canvas panel